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Product ID book00B017
Title The Path of Freedom (Vimuttimagga)
Author Soma Thera
Publisher BPS  
THE PATH OF FREEDOM

Vimuttimagga

The Vimuttimagga is a manual of meditation, evidently based on the experience of Buddhist monk in ancient times and compiled for the guidance of those intent on a contemplative life. The work is compiled in accordance with the classical Buddhist division of the path into the three stages of virtue, concentration, and wisdom, culminating in the goal of liberation. It is widely believed that the Vimuttimagga may have been the model used by Acariya Buddhaghosa to compose his magnum opus, the Visuddhimagga, several centuries later. The older work is marked by a leaner style and a more lively sense of urgency stemming from its primarily practical orientation.

The Vimuttimagga is generally ascribed to the Arahant Upatissa, a famous Buddhist monk of Sri Lanka who lived in the first century C.E. The original Pali text of the work no longer exists, but fortunately a Chinese translation of it, made in the sixth century, has survived. It is from that work that the present translation into English has been made.